Body Lift After Gastric Bypass

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Body Lift After Gastric Bypass Surgery Overview

Body lifting after gastric bypass surgery is a combination of various surgical procedures and can include liposuction, tummy tuck, arm lift, breast lift and facelift procedures. After major weight loss from gastric bypass surgery, many patients experience pockets of excess skin that are unsightly and can impair normal physical activities. This is a very normal occurrence since the skin can lose elasticity over time, and as fat cells reduce, our skin cannot contract rapidly enough to adhere to underlying tissues. In some cases, muscle tissue can also become lax and lose its shape and will need to be surgically tightened. Additionally, liposuction can reduce pockets of resistant fat to help sculpt the body. Body lift after gastric bypass is major surgery and requires unique attention and consideration.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons "recommends patients carefully choose a surgeon who has the training and experience in working with post-bariatric patients to ensure a successful outcome." After major weight loss from gastric bypass surgery, there are significant precautions that need to be taken into consideration before having surgery: including the additional stress the surgery will place on the heart, risks associated with excessive fluid loss, and increased risks from complications due to anesthesia. Patients should look for Board-Certified Surgeons with considerable, successful experience with this procedure.

When you use 1800mySurgeon, you are assured of making an informed decision because all of our Board-Certified Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. The qualified patient coordinators at 1800mySurgeon are prepared to help you find Board-Certified Surgeons in your area, who specialize in body lifts after gastric bypass surgery, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon you choose.

Having Realistic Expectations for Body Lift Surgery

Being honest with yourself about how your body will change and how those changes will affect your life is important. Disappointment may happen, especially if you believe surgery will fix your life problems, save your marriage or cure depression. Having a body lift after gastric bypass surgery may change the shape of your body and reduce excess pockets of skin. Having a shapelier body may boost your self-confidence, but that won’t change who you are or the way other people feel about you.

Questions to Ask Your Prospective Surgeon

Once you’ve made an appointment for a consultation, take the time to prepare a list of questions and concerns you want to address with your prospective surgeon. The consultation is your opportunity to assess the surgeon as much as it is their opportunity to determine your candidacy for the procedure. Take your time, be thorough and know that you are never required to commit to a procedure or a surgeon because you’ve had a consultation, even if the consultation is free.

Body lift or body sculpting after gastric bypass surgery is very unique and should be specifically tailored for the individual patient. Because this procedure usually consists of a combination of surgeries in one or more operations, each surgeon who performs them has their own technique. Your health and safety should be the most important factor when considering a surgeon and the combination of surgeries they recommend. Have the surgeon thoroughly explain their procedure and why they value a certain combinations of surgeries.

Make sure to speak to the anesthesiologist before you schedule a surgery, and inform them of any allergies or reactions you have to any medications. Make sure to tell both your surgeon and the anesthesiologist if you have any pre-existing medical conditions. Because body lifting is major surgery, you may be under anesthetic for a few hours.

This list of information may help you compile your questions and may encourage you to do some further research on the many different aspects of body lift procedures:

  • Will I need more than one operation?
  • How many surgeries and in what combination will be performed in one operation?
  • Will I need to stay in the hospital and for how long?
  • Where will incisions be placed and what will the scars look like?
  • How much skin will be removed and from where?
  • How much fat will be removed?
  • How should I prepare for surgery?
  • How should I prepare for my recovery?
  • How long will recovery take?

If you’re consulting with a surgeon from1800mySurgeon, you can rest assured that you will be meeting with a qualified Board-Certified Surgeon. If you already have a surgeon in mind, our qualified patient coordinators can also perform a background check before you schedule your consultation. Most importantly, always trust your instincts during the consultation. The success of your surgical experience will be based on how you feel about your surgeon, the surgery, your recovery and your result.

Body Sculpting After Gastric Bypass Recovery

The length of your recovery will be determined by your combination of surgeries. Body lifting after gastric bypass is major surgery, and you may need to stay in the hospital for a few days after surgery because it is very important that your health be monitored and regulated during your recovery.

Immediately following surgery, you will be bandaged, and frequently drains are used to help in your recovery. These drains may need to be in place for up to 7 days or more since the removal of large amounts of excess skin will lead to fluid formation beneath the surface of the skin, which the drains will handle. Many surgeons use dissolvable sutures, but if standard sutures are used, they will need to be removed usually about 1 week following surgery.

Because you will feel lighter and more mobile after your excess skin is removed, it is easy to over exert yourself during the recovery process. This can damage your potential results so it is very important to follow your physician's orders during your recovery.You will be up and active soon, and your potential results will be enhanced if your body is allowed plenty of time to heal.

Body Lift After Gastric Bypass Surgery Risks

Any surgical procedure carries certain risks and the possibility of complications, infection, and adverse reaction to the anesthesia.

During your consultation, you will want to ask your surgeon about the following risks :

  • Is there any risk of heart failure ?
  • What are the risks of blood clots ?
  • What are the risks for excessive fluid loss ?
  • What are the risks of dimpling of the skin ?
  • What are the risks of lumps beneath the skin ?
  • What are the risks of additional sagging skin ?
  • Is there any risk of muscle or nerve damage or loss of sensation ?

It is important to remember that no surgeon can guarantee your satisfaction with body sculpting surgery nor can they deny any risk factors. No matter how rarely risks occur, every surgery carries a certain amount of risk, and you have to decide for yourself if your potential desired result is worth the risk.

Long Term Results of Body Lifting After Gastric Bypass

You will notice a change in your body shape almost immediately, but you will not see your final results for up to six months or a year after your surgery.

Excess skin and fat removal are permanent. Muscles that have been tightened can be strengthened with exercise.Your body will continue to age normally and natural sagging of your skin is inevitable. Weight gain is possible if a proper diet and healthy lifestyle are not maintained.

Taking good care of your skin, eating well and maintaining an exercise program will enhance your results.

Choosing Your Surgeon

At 1800mySurgeon we are here to help you make an informed decision. One of the most important aspects for a successful outcome of your procedure is to choose the right surgeon; therefore, all of our Board-Certified Surgeons are precreened and continually monitored. We can help you find Board-Certified Surgeons in your area , who specialize in body lift and body contouring after gastric bypass surgery, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon.